Xperia 1R Could Be the World’s First 5K Display Smartphone, According to a New Leak
According to a new user agent profile obtained by a Japanese outlet, an upcoming Sony smartphone with the model number J8220 can very well be the first handset on the market to sport a 5K display. The phone in question is believed to be the upcoming Xperia 2 and apparently, it might end up getting released as the Xperia 1R.
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The Xperia 1R will supposedly have a resolution of 5,040 x 2,160 and the aspect ratio of the display will be 21:9. The phone is tipped to come with a 6.1-inch display, which means it will have 70 percent more pixels than the 6.5-inch Xperia 1 that has a resolution of 3,840 x 1,644. This means that the phone will have a pixel density of a whopping 899 PPI.
Although Sony is not doing well when it comes to the other aspects of its smartphones, most notably the design department, it has been something of a leader when it comes to the display technology. The company’s Ericsson Xperia S was one of the first smartphones to rock a 720p screen back in the day and later on, the Xperia Z5 Premium was the first handset to sport a 4K UHD panel. Although a 5K screen might sound unnecessary, it can certainly give an edge to the Xperia 1R over competing devices when it comes to gaming and VR-related apps. The phone can also take advantage of the announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.
Qualcomm’s latest chip was announced earlier this week and will be first used inside the ASUS ROG Phone 2. It promises to ‘raise gaming to the next level’ with the help of a 15 percent increase in Adreno 640 GPU performance and a slight clock speed bump from 2.84GHz to 2.96GHz. As standard, the chip is coupled with a 4G LTE modem, but if manufacturers wish to do so, a separate 5G modem can be added.
Paired with the SoC should be a minimum of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, although an upgrade to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage certainly wouldn’t be surprising for Sony’s 5K display-touting smartphone. Curiously, previous leaks have pointed towards the presence of a tiny 3,200mAh battery inside the Xperia 1R. This is far from confirmed yet but it would certainly be disappointing considering the poor battery life results it’ll likely create as a result of the high-resolution display.
The Sony Xperia 1R is expected to go official in early September at IFA 2019 in Berlin. If the company’s previous releases are anything to go by, Xperia 1R pre-orders are unlikely to kick off until the end of the month before a release in early October. Also since, it will have a 5K display, expect a massive price tag to go along with it.